We often get asked by homeowners about roofing systems, including wanting details about the structure and the products, or how to choose the right roof for their home. Frequently, these questions require detailed answers from expert roofers, so Roof Masters decided to answer some of them.
How Can I Tell If My Roof Needs to Be Replaced?
Age typically indicates whether a roof needs to be replaced or is at least nearing the end of its lifespan, the length of which depends on the material. For instance, asphalt shingles often have a 20- to 30-year lifespan; metal, tile and slate lasts much longer. In addition to its age, you should be able to see signs of deterioration, such as severe roof leaks. We can inspect your roof, assess its condition and determine if repairs or replacement are in order.
Can I Have a New Roof Installed Over My Existing Roof?
This is possible, but as a credentialed roofing company, we advise against it. A complete removal lets us determine the actual condition of the roof deck and address any issues that would not have been otherwise discovered if the old roof remains in place. Roofing systems, like those offered by CertainTeed, perform better if installed on a clean roof deck.
Can I Pick a Different Roofing Material?
Yes, you can, but consider certain factors, such as the material’s weight. For example, clay tiles are much heavier than asphalt shingles, and your roof deck may require additional reinforcement before it can accommodate the increase in weight. Another consideration is the slope; certain materials like slate are ideally installed on high-slope roofs. As an option, manufacturers like CertainTeed offer asphalt shingles that mimic heavier materials.
How Long Does Roof Replacement Take?
It depends on the size and complexity of a roof, the materials used and the slope. Average-sized roofs take two to three days to finish, but this is longer for larger homes. Steep-sloped roofs also have bigger areas, which can affect installation times We can give you a more accurate answer when we inspect your roof.
To learn more about our roofing services, call Roof Masters today at (888) 889-7551. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free inspection and estimate. We serve many areas in and near Rockville, MD.